Lutheran http://wesa.fm en At Lutheran Assembly, Calls for Full Inclusion of LGBTQ Community http://wesa.fm/post/lutheran-assembly-calls-full-inclusion-lgbtq-community <p><strong>UPDATE: &nbsp;August 15 5:00 am</strong></p><p>The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) &nbsp;has a new leader. &nbsp;Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod was elected as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA&nbsp;at the church's national conference in Pittsburgh. &nbsp; Bishop Eaton was elected on the fifth ballot with 600 &nbsp;votes compared to 287 for Bishop Mark Hanson who has led the ELCA for the last 12 years.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:21:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14868 at http://wesa.fm Social Issues at the Top of Agenda for Gathering of Lutherans in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/social-issues-top-agenda-gathering-lutherans-pittsburgh <p>More than 3,000 people are gathering in Pittsburgh for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America biennial church-wide assembly.</p><p>Each time the group meets, it releases a statement on a specific social issue.</p><p>β€œ(This year) we will be considering a proposed social statement called β€˜The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries,’ said Kurt Kusserow, bishop of the local synod. "This is a social statement that tries to understand both the experience of victims in our criminal justice system and the justice system itself.”</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:49:31 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14192 at http://wesa.fm